In addition to the catchy name, rapper Mykki Blanco is known for his gender-shifting, LGBT-friendly, party-influenced music and wild costume theatrics. While we fuck with this, the police at the Lisbon Airport in Portugal do not and arrested Blanco on the way to his recent gallery residency in Portugal.
The arrest stemmed from a less-than-pleasant exchange between Blanco, his photographer, and a police officer at the airport taxi stand. Mykki asked the stand’s employees for help with no avail, and approached the officer for assistance with getting a taxi voucher. The cop refused and responded with a homophobic slur. Blanco and his photographer told the cop to fuck off– and that did not go well, as you can imagine, leading to Blanco’s arrest.
While speaking to NOISEY about the incident, Blanco stated:
“…The altercation escalated because I waited in a long line outside the airport for a taxi and when I was told I could not use my credit card but only cash (which also is not true I later found), the taxi attendant and cop refused to help in any way. They were impatient and short with me all the while eagerly helping white tourists. A Portuguese woman in line with me even leaned over and whispered, ‘I don’t know why they are being so strange with you, there is a place inside to buy taxi vouchers you don’t need cash’. I should have listened to the woman and went inside to find the voucher office but there is a part of my personality that really wants to see if people WILL actually be prejudiced, to see if maybe my PC west coast optimism about the world is being challenged by blatant discrimination and I was right. I asked the police officer where the voucher office was and I was told to “go away” like I was a nuisance and when I asked why he could not help but the other white tourists I was yelled at and told to “go away bicha” which is a gay slur [according to Urban Dictionary: it is an offensive slur meant to challenge a man on his sexuality], even though I had waited in the same line as everyone else.”
Blanco provided additional details about the situation on his Facebook page, explaining that insulting a police officer is a crime (even though they can insult you) in Portugal. Mykki was fined six hundred euros.